Top 10 Things to do in West Haven, United States

July 21, 2017 Marissa Gamble

West Haven in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Art Museums. Discover best things to do in West Haven with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in West Haven

1111 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2301 +1 203-432-0600
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Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings of 200,000 objects range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. FREE and open to the public. On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renovated and expanded museum. The expanded Gallery transforms the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections. The project united the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn, the 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery, and the 1866 Street Hall into one continuous structure while maintaining the distinctive architectural identity of each.

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

My husband and I visited the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. This museum is excellent and offers a comprehensive view of various types of art. It has quite an impressive and beautifully curated collection of objects. We have visited this museum multiple times in the past and have always found it to be very enjoyable, interesting and educational. Each different type of art on display is in its own gallery, usually having multiple rooms, and has a very nice overview describing the art as well as such aspects as its historical, cultural, political and religious impact, depending on what is applicable. We spent about an hour in the museum this time and did not see all the exhibits. Our focus this time was on the special exhibits on the fourth floor as well as a few of the galleries on the second floor that we did not have the opportunity to spend as much time in as we would have liked during our last visit. It would probably take at least four hours to see the entire museum. This museum is definitely worth the visit and has a very nice added bonus of free admission. The only drawback of this museum is that it does not offer free parking and you may have to pay to park depending upon where you park and when you come.

The ‘Japan’s Global Baroque, 1550 – 1650’ special exhibit was exquisite with elegant objects illustrating the critical role that both imported and domestic goods played in Japanese art and culture during the momentous period of the 16th and 17th centuries. The ‘Pompeii: Photographs and Fragments’ special exhibit highlights the changing representations over time of Pompeii, a city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and since then frozen in time through excavation and preservation. Large-scale photographs of Pompeii are on display and show the ongoing cycles of deterioration and preservation that mark it as a living landscape. Images of reliefs, frescoes, paintings and sculptures as well as fragments of ancient Roman wall paintings and a number of other different types of domestic objects from the period and region are also displayed within this exhibit making it both very interesting and unique. Both these special exhibits were nicely done and worth seeing.

In addition to the special exhibits, we went to the second floor. On the second floor was beautiful European Art, including vibrant Italian Renaissance paintings, a gallery of Dutch Art as well as excellent paintings by such artists as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and many others. Also on this floor was a large collection of Asian Art, including exhibits on the ‘Line as Design in Japanese Art’, the ‘Origin of Chinese Writings’, art from the Safavid (modern day Iranian) dynasty, art of a popular, playful, and powerful Hindu god Krishna, with the ‘Krishna: The Divine Cowherd’ exhibit, and much, much more.

Below I included what we saw during our visit in late November 2017 to give highlights on the remaining galleries in the museum to provide a complete review of the entire museum and all it has to offer, which is definitely quite a bit.

On the first floor we enjoyed the African Art exhibit highlighting major themes that unite different local traditions to understand the aesthetics, meaning, and historical depth associated with this art. On display were many items, including masks, sculptures, statuettes, chairs, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and horns. This was a nicely done exhibit. Also on the first floor was Ancient American Art, with art of the Maya, from Mexico to the Andes. There was also Art of the Ancient Mediterranean with objects providing insights into politics, culture and religion, including statues, coins, wood carvings, vases, ceramic figurines, numismatic curiosities as well as many other artifacts. The next gallery on the first floor was the Dura-Europos (modern day Syria) gallery. Included was Tomb24 in the Necropolis at Dura-Europos. Also in the exhibit was armor, the shrine to the god Mithras, jewelry, pottery and textiles. In addition, there was the first known painting of the Virgin Mary and the earliest surviving house church. All the exhibits on the first floor were very interesting, enjoyable and educational, with much historical significance.

On floor 2E there was American Art before 1900, with historical paintings on the American Revolution, including George Washington at Princeton and Trenton and other paintings by John Trumbull depicting such subjects as the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Bunker Hill. As we continued through the American Art galleries there were portrait miniatures, self-portrait prints, sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and landscape paintings of multiple places, such as, the Catskills, Niagara Falls and Mount Katahdin, all very beautiful.

There was also quite an extensive collection of American Decorative Art housed in multiple galleries, broken down into time periods, from the 17th century to the present day. In these galleries were many items, such as, furniture, including chairs, chests and highboys. There was also silver, tin glaze earthenware, pottery, dinnerware, and rooms from both a North Branford and a Hebron home, among many other items. In addition, there was an impressive exhibit on American coins, medal and silver from 1670 to the present as well as Benjamin Franklin items on display.

The third floor had an Indo-Pacific Art Gallery, with the art of maritime South East Asia, as well as a Modern and Contemporary Art and Design exhibit with paintings, including some by Pablo Picasso, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts.

We highly recommend this museum. It definitely has a lot to offer, much more than what I have mentioned here. I only provided some highlights in this write-up based on our experience during our visit. We hope that you have the opportunity to visit it and enjoy it as much as we did.

2. PEZ Visitor Center

35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 06477-3616 +1 203-298-0201
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PEZ Visitor Center

Come see and experience the PEZ brand in person. Over 4,000 square feet dedicated to all things PEZ! See the largest, most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world, PEZ motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, the world's largest PEZ dispenser, viewing area into our production area, PEZ trivia game, factory store, interactive historical time line and much more. Learn about the brand that has been inspiring and innovating since 1927! Open 7 days! Easy access off I-95 at exit 41 in Orange, Connecticut. Plenty of free parking!

Reviewed By blacksteps2017 - Richmond, Virginia

We raced to get there - even calling from the road to plead our case - we'd been driving since Maine and traffic on I-95 wasn't under our control. When we arrived at the factory we were forced to buy an extra ticket because apparently they "don't do tours for less than 5 people"! Admittedly, my adrenaline was pretty high since we'd hauled ash to get there for the last tour of the day so to be told pay up or you don't get a tour really rubbed me the wrong way at the time; that was Monday and now it's Thursday and I'm still annoyed because after my husband and I paid for the extra ticket (with my husband "shushing" me for complaining), some grandparents and their grandkids decided to take the tour! That was four additional people - did we get a refund of our useless ticket? No. Anyway, it was interesting and the guy who did the tour was kind of a Pez celebrity, so that was neat.

3. Shore Line Trolley Museum

17 River St, East Haven, CT 06512-2519 +1 203-467-6927
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Shore Line Trolley Museum

Reviewed By Planemeister - Magnolia Delaware

Even if you are a casual visitor this place is wonderful. The volunteer and paid staff are friendly and knowledgeable and relate interesting information without being in any way boring. The trolley cars themselves are wonderfully preserved and you can ride in them while learning a little history. I made arrangements in advance and was able to operate more than one streetcar for a modest donation. Electric trolleys are a largely forgotten part of American history that shaped how our cities expanded in the early 20th century. The scenery along the rail line is wonderful. If you like mechanical things, history or just nostalgia treat yourself to a great afternoon here, you will be glad you did!

4. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917 +1 203-432-2977
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5 based on 200 reviews

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Reviewed By acukiert - sao paulo, Brazil

This is a fantastic place to visit, although it could be seen in less then an hour. The architecture is fantastic, qnd the books....no words. If you are part of a research protocol, you would have access to some really old books. Simply amazing.

5. Monster Mini Golf

210 Indian River Rd, Christmas Tree Plaza, Orange, CT 06477-3627 +1 203-553-9267
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Monster Mini Golf

Reviewed By Anders G - Milford, Connecticut

This place doesn't look much from the outside, but the interior is really cool with really cool lighting and "monsters". The mini golf course itself may not be the most challenging but it's great fun and a different experience in this environment. We visited for a children's birth party and it was well organized.

6. Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302 +1 203-432-2800
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Yale Center for British Art

Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through February 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and world-renowned research institute. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Works on view include masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Perhaps its greatest treasure is the building itself, a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by architect Louis I. Kahn. Located in downtown New Haven, the Center is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters, and shops.

Reviewed By sundown_10 - Maryland

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the vast collection of British art. The museum presents the works in an artistic way where the art is accessible to view.

7. Woodlawn Duckpin Bowling

240 Platt Ave, West Haven, CT 06516-5629 +1 203-932-3202
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Woodlawn Duckpin Bowling

Reviewed By ct-cruisers - Connecticut

The Woodlawn Duckpin Bowling alley is a nice spot in the area for family events. Their prices are reasonable and we have enjoyed bowling there over the years.

8. Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520 +1 203-432-4771
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Yale University

One of the country's oldest and most prestigious universities.

Reviewed By Norfaryanti K

I love the architecture of the buildings on this campus. The campus has various facilities catered to the visitors, from the Visitor Center, cafes, restaurants, clothing shops, and others. I recommended the tourist to go for their Visitor tour at the Visitor Center, and you are entitled to 15% discount at the Yale Bookshop.

9. Bradley Point Park

Captain Thomas Boulevard, Parking lot next to 6 Rock Street, West Haven, CT 06516 +1 203-937-3500
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Bradley Point Park

Reviewed By ItIsSunny

My favorite place in the area to get rid of stress. The sun & constant breeze are refreshing - dress accordingingly! There's a well-maintained concrete/asphalt boardwalk that extends a couple miles. There's public beach along the entire shoreline. There's a museum next door explaining the history of the Savin Rock. There are seabirds, shells, kids flying kites, people enjoying solitude and family time, beautiful ocean that changes color daily, ever-changing ships in the distance, and all that a local seaside has to offer. There are a couple of restaurants near by. There is a parking fee for non-residents during season. There are plenty of benches and ideal photo spots. A portable toilet is available in the parking lot and near the police station (down the boardwalk a bit) during season. The boardwalk is accessible. The bicycles, dogs & Pokemon Go seekers can get annoying at times, but most people are respectful. Everyone who comes to the beach is happy, so I always end up with a smile on my face here. It can get crowded at times with special events in the area, but usually offers a quiet place to walk close to, yet away from urban life. The boardwalk and grounds are well-maintained, although the trash does overflow sometimes. The Vietnam memorial, memorial benches and landscaping is beautiful.

10. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-8902 +1 203-432-5050
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4.5 based on 485 reviews

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

This museum has a diverse collection ranging from Indian artifacts to Egyptian art to a large bird collection.

Reviewed By didr - Connecticut

This museum has inspired many a future archeologist/anthropologist/artist; the displays are well organized and there is lots of fascinating reading material to educate those of us new to much of natural history. Worth visiting over and over again; there is something new to discover with each trip.

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